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Pika

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Pika
ピカ Pika
Poké Ball
Pika.png
Pika
Debuts in Wanted: Pikachu!
Caught at Pewter City
Gender Male
Ability Static
Nature Sassy
Current location With Red
Pikachu
This Pokémon has not evolved.

Pika (Japanese: ピカ Pika) was the fourth Pokémon shown to be obtained by Red in the Pokémon Adventures manga and seems to be his closest Pokémon.

History

Red and Pika

Red captured Pika at Pewter City near the beginning of the Red, Green, & Blue chapter. Pika had been causing havoc at the market, evading capture with his electric attacks and eating the shops' food. After his capture, Red identified him as coming from Viridian Forest. Pika was initially antagonistic towards Red, but throughout their long journey together, he soon became one of Red's closest companions and one of his most adept battlers. At one point, he was accidentally traded to Blue, who taught him a variety of non-Electric-type moves, including Substitute and Toxic.

Pika using MegaVolt on Lance

In the Yellow chapter, he was the only one of Red's Pokémon to escape from the Kanto Elite Four, and later joined Yellow to help search for Red. During this time he learned to manipulate the decoy created by Substitute into a surfboard, which allowed him to use the move Surf. Eventually, under Yellow's command, it was able to deliver a devastating MegaVolt and defeat Lance, the leader of the Elite Four of Kanto. Before this, Red had reunited with his allies and defeated Bruno, and took Pika back under his wing after a long period of separation.

He temporarily joined Yellow's team again in the Gold, Silver, & Crystal chapter when Red went to heal himself at the hot springs of Mt. Silver. Mating with Yellow's Chuchu, he produced an Egg at the Goldenrod Daycare Center, which hatched into a Pichu. He was, however, later brought to Mt. Silver when he and Gold went there to train.

Pika wouldn't make many notable appearances the next time he appeared, but served crucial roles in the FRLG arc, particularly against Deoxys.

In the ending to the Emerald chapter, it is revealed by Gold that Pika wasn't inside his Poké Ball during the Pokédex owners' petrification, but, instead, able to escape, making this the second time Pika had a near-fatal experience (the first being when he escaped the Elite Four while Red got frozen by Lorelei's ice cuffs). Pika is seen wearing Red's hat and using Surf to get to the Battle Frontier to see Red get recovered, while Chuchu is seen using Fly to get to the same destination (wearing Yellow's straw hat). Gold uses this sighting to attempt to convince Emerald to wish upon Jirachi for the restoration of the Pokédex owners.

Contrary to the mechanics of the games, Pika learned Volt Tackle along with his partner and offspring without breeding. All three showcase this by using Volt Tackle against the fake Kyogre.

Red relies heavily on Pika, and has used him against many major opponents including Giovanni and legendary Pokémon such as Mewtwo and Deoxys.

Moves used

Pika ThunderShock.png
Using ThunderShock
Pika Iron Tail.png
Using Iron Tail
Move First Used In
ThunderShock Wanted: Pikachu!
Quick Attack Wanted: Pikachu!*
Flash Raging Rhydon
Thunder Wave ...But Fearow Itself!
Thunder ...But Fearow Itself!
Thunderbolt Wartortle Wars
Toxic A Tale of Ninetales
Substitute Meanwhile...Vileplume!
Surf Breath of Dragonair Part 3
Bide The Legend
Rage The Legend
Iron Tail Double Dealing with Deoxys
Volt Tackle  The Final Battle IX
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
  • Note: Toxic was called Tail Strike in the VIZ Media localisation.

Moves improvised

In the games

Main article: Red's Pikachu (game)

The variation of Red that appears in Generation II has a level 81 male Pikachu, which is his highest-level Pokémon. It was also the highest-leveled Pokémon owned by an NPC in the entire series, but has had that title taken away by three of the rival's Pokémon in Platinum after defeating Sinnoh's Elite Four twenty times. It also appears in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, now at level 88, effectively regaining this title. Red also uses Pikachu during the Pokémon World Tournament, where it has a varying gender, and is set at level 50.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
Spr 2c 025.gif
Type:
Electric Unknown
Held item:
None
Pikachu Lv.81
Charm
Normal
Quick Attack
Normal
Thunderbolt
Electric
Thunder
Electric
Spr 4h 025 m.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Ability:
Static
Held item:
Bag Light Ball Sprite.png Light Ball
Pikachu Lv.88
Volt Tackle
Electric Physical
Iron Tail
Steel Physical
Quick Attack
Normal Physical
Thunderbolt
Electric Special
Spr 5b 025 m.png
Type:
  Electric  
Ability:
Static
Held item:
Bag Light Ball Sprite.png Light Ball
Pikachu/ Lv.50
Fake Out
Normal Physical
Iron Tail
Steel Physical
Volt Tackle
Electric Physical
Brick Break
Fighting Physical

Trivia

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pikachu.





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